By Seataoaifalenaoti “Seata” Shyon, APIASF/GMS Scholar
My name is Seataoaifalenaoti “Seata” Shyon. I am a 2009 APIASF/GMS Scholar. I am a Senior at Smith College, currently spending the semester in DC for Fall 2012 to intern and attend American University. I am majoring in Anthropology, though my public service work, studies and ways of thinking are not limited to my major.
I was born in American Samoa and raised in Hawai’i, on the island of O’ahu. I relocated to San Francisco, California where I graduated from High School in 2009 at June Jordan School for Equity. I am Samoan and biologically half Chinese, though ethnically grew up in a Samoan cultural household.
I wanted to share this picture of me as a great visual of how I approach many situations in my life…and that is by being proactive. I am a change agent, not only for my own personal growth but in the hopes of creating change and a positive influence on and for others around me. Being proactive is a great way to transition into the new semester and all new situations.